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Kinesio Tape – Does it Really Work?

We began to see it on beach volleyball players and weight lifters in the Olympics, now kinesio tape in every color and pattern imaginable has made its way into many other places.

How can kinesio tape on my skin help heal injuries or increase my performance?

I get this question all the time and can be answered by looking at two principles of biomechanics.

1. The role of the nerve system in muscle activity

2. The role of muscles in joint motion

 

 

1. Your nervous system controls and coordinates all of the functions of your body.  This includes muscle activity.  Your muscles know what to do based on a two-way communication with your brain – brain tells muscle, “do this“. Muscle tells brain, “did that, now what?”   To understand how kinesio tape affects the nerve system and it’s control of muscle function, we need to add another layer of communication that happens – the pathway between the nerve endings in the skin and the brain.

Stimulation of the nerve endings in the skin can change the way the brain talks to the muscles!

For an example of how stimulation of nerve endings in hair follicles in the skin can affect behavior, watch this

 

2.  Once we’ve changed the input to the muscles from the brain, the muscles begin to change how a joint functions.  This can work with large joints like the knee or shoulder, as well as small joints like spinal facets.

 

Several studies have been done to evaluate the effects of kinesio tape – none of them have conclusively shown any benefit.  If you want to know if it works, ask those who are wearing it – every one of them will give you a big thumbs up!

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Allergies

Wellness Chiropractic – Allergies

We hear about allergies all the time – from friends or family members suffering from them,news reports giving us the pollen count, and commercials for the latest “miracle” drug to relieve all those nasty symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and congestion.

Why is it, however, that some people suffer from allergy symptoms while others do not?   Why is one child from a family allergic to peanuts, while their sibling is not?  Why do some suffer so much that they are absent from work for days at a time, while others simply get a drippy nose?  Why do people seem to develop “new” allergies to things that previously did not affect them?

To answer these questions, we must first understand what an “allergy” really is.  Stedman’s Medical Dictionary defines allergy as “Hypersensitivity caused by exposure to a particular antigen/allergen”.  Hypersensitivity – overreaction on the part of the immune system to something that should be considered normal.  Therefore, the difference between someone who suffers from allergies and someone who does not is simply altered immune system function.  Altered immunity can and does cause hypersensitivity reactions in many people.

What causes altered immune function?  In most cases it is a combination of various factors including, but not limited to: poor diet (excess sugar/simple carbohydrates, lack of essential fats as found in fish oil, too many calories overall), inadequate sleep, negative thought patterns and self-talk, and last, but certainly not least, vertebral subluxations.  Subluxations affect nervous system performance and thereby immune function (emerging theories suggest that the immune system is simply an extension of the nervous system – the “sixth sense”, if you will).

Nervous system interference caused by vertebral subluxations interrupts or distorts the communications between your brain and the rest of your body.  This distortion is similar to static on your radio – you can hear some sound, but the message is not clear.  When part of your body, i.e. the lining of your sinuses, receives the wrong/distorted message telling it what to do, it must act upon the information it can understand, often causing overreaction and, voila, allergies!

There aren’t any conditions that are caused by a lack of synthetic chemicals (drugs) in your body, thus allergy symptoms are not caused by a lack of antihistamines in your bloodstream. Symptoms, once again, are simply signs that our nervous system and immune system are not functioning properly.

“Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.”

-Hippocrates

Chiropractors are interested in causes, not effects.  For over 100 years, Doctors of Chiropractic have been “looking well to the spine” and seeing miraculous things happen in the lives of the people they care for.  If someone you know suffers from allergy symptoms, or any other ailment for that matter, share the message of chiropractic – the choice for health and wellness! Please ask if you have any questions about how chiropractic care might be able to help those you love!

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Chiropractic and Vitalism – It’s Not a Cult

The primary difference between CHIROPRACTIC and ALLOPATHIC MEDICINE is philosophy: Allopathy sees the patient through MECHANISTIC glasses – believing that when the body is not working properly, it’s either a deficiency of chemicals or too many parts (drugs and surgery seem to be the only answers), while chiropractic sees the patient through VITALISTIC glasses – believing that there’s something more than just the parts – there’s a spirit/soul/life force that animates living organisms, and it’s this life force that produces healing in the human body.

Chiropractic and Vitalism – It’s Not a Cult

Chiropractors don’t have horns.  We don’t chant incantations.  If you talk to a chiropractor, s/he won’t try to hypnotize you.  Once you start going to a chiropractor, you don’t have to go for the rest of your life (although many chiropractic patients CHOOSE to continue care for a lifetime because they see the value of an optimally functioning nervous system).  Most of the kids in chiropractic offices don’t have bad backs – their parents see the value of an optimally functioning nervous system for proper growth and development.

Look around you – what makes you different than your spouse, co-workers, birds, trees or spiders? We’re all a little bit of energy – that’s it – you’re just in a little different shape than everything else.

“…and you ask, “can chiropractic cure appendicitis or the flu?” Do you have more faith in a spoonful of medicine than in the power that animates the living world? – B.J. Palmer

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Early Detection is Not Prevention

Recent studies have shown that “Preventative Medicine” neither prevents disease, nor reduce health care costs.  As my colleague James Chestnut, DC describes it: If your house is on fire, you call the fire department and they show up with ladders and firehoses to put the fire out.  Would it make any sense to call the fire department to come spray your house daily if it weren’t on fire to try and prevent a fire? It would increase the costs involved because it would cause rotting and deterioration of the wood of your house.

Attempting to avoid disease by taking medications and having unnecessary tests does nothing to improve your health and only adds to the cost.

“Early detection” does save some lives.  “Early detection” also dramatically increases costs!  Imagine someone with a “risk factor” for heart disease such as high cholesterol (which isn’t actually a risk factor for heart disease, but for this example, we’ll say it is), begins a statin regimen at age 62.  Now, because of a “family history” of heart disease, his son, age 34, is screened and it is discovered that his cholesterol levels are “borderline” and he is started on a statin regimen as well.  Guess what? HIS son, age 8, is screened and is also found to be “borderline” high and can be treated with statins!

The only way to reduce health care costs in this country is to create fewer sick people!

Ladders and Firehoses will NEVER prevent house fires!

Change your LIFESTYLE and you’ll change your LIFE!

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